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 July 24, 2023

Letter from Nixon to Bill Clinton declassified with details about Russia

A letter from former President Richard Nixon to former President Bill Clinton about Russia has been declassified.

The letter was sent to Clinton during his time as president and included details about Nixon's knowledge of Russia.

The background

"The details reveal Nixon’s remarkable foresight about a more aggressive Russia, the rise of figures like Vladimir Putin, and the worsening Moscow-Kyiv relations, the outlet noted," the Daily Caller reported.

"Nixon, the first sitting president to visit Moscow in 1972, remained an elder statesman with a keen interest in the dynamics of the post-Cold War era. The former president continued to maintain connections with global leaders even after leaving office," it added.

The contents

The letter included many topics, including Russian President Boris Yeltsin's drinking habits.

“As one of Yeltsin’s first supporters in this country and as one who continues to admire him for his leadership in the past, I have reluctantly concluded that his situation has rapidly deteriorated since the elections in December, and that the days of his unquestioned leadership of Russia are numbered,” Nixon wrote to Clinton.

“His drinking bouts are longer and his periods of depression are more frequent. Most troublesome, he can no longer deliver on his commitments to you and other Western leaders in an increasingly anti-American environment in the Duma and in the country," he added.

The Ukraine situation

"Nixon foresaw that relations between Russia and Ukraine would dissolve. He called the situation in Ukraine 'highly explosive,'" Fox News noted.

"If it is allowed to get out of control," Nixon told Clinton, "it will make Bosnia look like a PTA garden party."

The letter continues to show its importance as current Russian leader Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine seeks to take over land it claims belongs to Russia that would give his nation access to the Black Sea.

The letter may be based on information from nearly 30 years ago but remains relevant today related to the situation with Russia.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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